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LONDON: Rank chief John Davis has decided to scrap his £175,000 comedy film, 'The Big Money,' because it's not funny enough.
Nobody else has had a
chance of seeing it. Comments Australian Bobby Helpmann, of this one-man ukase: 'At least the public is getting one laugh out of the film!' Davis scrapped it after seeing the rough cut of the film, starring comedian Ian Carmichael ' and Davis* favorite forthcoming star, Belinda Lee. Lee came in because Diana Dors refused to play In a film produced by Joseph Janni, who made Finch's film, 'A Town Like Alice.' Helpmann played a bogus clergy man in this film about a family of crooks. * * SULTRY Mexican actress, Maria Felix, whose skin glistens con tinually with heat and sex in the West African Free Negro State of Liberia, is too much for the British Film Censor,. He stripped 25 minutes out of her latest film, 'The Heroes Are Tired,' before letting it be shown in Lon don, even with an Adults Only cer tificate. Everyone throughout Yves Clam pis' attempt to make another 'Wattes of Fear' gleams like a wet
mackintosh. Yves Montand, as a frustrated Free French pilot, hoping to re habilitate himself with a wallet of illegal diamonds, is again the hero. * * pOWARD found himself a 'for- ^ gotten man' at a Paris recep tion when they finished the re make of an old film. 'Great Illu sion.' Coward was unnoticed when he entered the reception, and quietly sat waiting for someone to recog nise him. But every time someone 6aid, 'Isn't that Noel Coward?' someone else said, 'Don't be silly,' and no one bothered to check with the master himself.
GREEN-EYED Hollywood actress Phyllis Kirk made the under statement of the week after flying into London with 40 pairs of shoes, 20 hats, dozens of summer dresses, frocks and costumes: 'I'm going to be here six weeks, and I don'c want to bore myself or anyone else by wearing the same things too often.' * * I^RNEST BORGNINE will co-star ?Lj with Italy's famed Anna Mag nani in her next Hollywood film. Fox's 'Getaway,' with Marissa Pavan hi a principal role. OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND, wife Of French journalist Galante, has chosen Giselle as the name for their new baby girl. * * T ANA TURNER telephoned hus ^ band Lex Barker long-distance to his film location at Kanak, Utah, to confirm the news of their ex pected baby, their first child, Lana's daughter Cheryl, by her marriage to Steve Crane, is 12 years old. l^LVIS PRESLEY, the suddenly *-* successful 'rock and roll' sing er, is getting £A26,000 from Ed Sul livan for three TV performances. Elvis get this, without having talent, looks, or acting ability. rPALKING of money, C. B. de ??? Mille's 'Ten Commandments,' which cost £A4,500,000 to film, makes its debut on August 12— to coincide with de Mille's 75th birth day. T ISA and Rory Calhoun. who LJ have been married eight years, are expecting their first child. ?¥ + rpHE only person allowed on the ?*? set of Katy Hepburn's new film, is her long-time friend, Spencer Traoy.